by Tia Ghose, Senior Writer | September 04, 2015 04:27pm ET
Dogs have owners, cats have staff. Though the old joke is a stereotype of a feline’s independent nature, that trope may have some scientific backing. Cats do not form the childlike dependence on humans that dogs do, new research suggests.
“This is not about whether cats love their owners,” Mills told Live Science. Rather, it just means that Felis catus doesn’t look to its human owners as a source of safety and security, he added.
The new results are based on a test called the “Strange Situation.” In the test, which was developed for humans by psychologist Mary Ainsworth in the 1970s, researchers put a mother or primary caregiver and…
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